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Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist to Speak at FSU
05/03/2010

Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist to Speak at FSU
Frostburg State University will present Nobel Prize-Winner John C. Mather who will present “From the Big Bang to Life and the End of the Universe,” on Wednesday, May 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Compton Science Center, room 226. The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Kappa Mu Epsilon and is free and open to the public.

The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now and on to the future – Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the universe began with a big bang, how it produced an Earth where sentient beings can live and how those beings are discovering their history. He will explain Einstein’s biggest mistake, show how Edwin Hubble discovered the expansion of the universe, how NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite was built and how the COBE data support the Big Bang theory. He will also show NASA’s plans for the next great telescope in space, the James Webb Space Telescope.

Mather is the senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research centers on infrared astronomy and cosmology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Noble Prize in Physics in 2006 with George Smoot and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2007.

For more information, contact the FSU Department of Mathematics at 301-687-4384.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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